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At ten minutes past twelve last night (says the Press ) a fire broke out in an unoccupied building at the corner of Si. Asaph and Durham streets. The building which had formerly been used as a boarding-house, had been vacant for some months, and so far the origin of the fire is unaccountable. The flames spread with great rapidity, and long before the arrival of the brgade, the principal portion of the building fronting on Durham street was beyond saving. The smaller part which adjoined in St. Asaph street was plastered, and owing to the dampness of the shingle roof, withstood the flames for some time. When it did ignite, it burned slowly, and the water soon took effect. Three rooms were occupied by a mechanic and his family, the apartments having recently been fitted up for them by the owner at considerable expense. The boardinghouse, which was a two-storey one, was insured for L 250 in the Victoria, but it is needless to say that Mr Pengelly[s loss will be considerably over this amount.

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ANOTHER FIRE IN CHRISTCHURCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 310, 4 April 1881

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ANOTHER FIRE IN CHRISTCHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 310, 4 April 1881

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